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The Best Movies About Adoption

Updated January 4, 2021 3.3k votes 836 voters 85.3k views60 items

List RulesPlots must center around adoption or adoptees.

This list of movies about adoption or the process of adopting children is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about adopted kids and family are at the top of the list. There are both comedy and drama movies on this list of movies about adoption and foster care. A few of these films are even based on a true story. The films on this list are the most famous adoption movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these adoption movie titles for more information about the films.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best adoption movies?" and "What is the greatest adoption movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular adoption movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these adoption movies on Netflix or other streaming serviee, these good adoption movies can be enjoyed no matter what. Be sure to check back for new movies about adoption when they are released and added to the list.

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  • Instant Family1
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    Instant Family

    Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed bySean Anders

    Instant Family is a 2018 comedy film directed by Sean Anders. Couple Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and...  more
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  • The Blind Side2
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and...  more
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  • Lion3
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    Lion

    Dev Patel, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byGarth Davis

    Lion is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by...  more
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  • Matilda4
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny...  more
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  • Baby Boom5
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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byCharles Shyer

    Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent...  more
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  • Losing Isaiah6
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    Losing Isaiah

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1995

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    Losing Isaiah is a 1995 American drama film starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry, directed...  more
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  • Immediate Family7
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    Immediate Family

    Glenn Close, James Woods

    Released1989

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    Immediate Family is a 1989 drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan. It stars Glenn Close and...  more
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  • Then She Found Me8
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    Then She Found Me

    Helen Hunt, Bette Midler

    Released2007

    Directed byHelen Hunt

    Then She Found Me is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Helen Hunt. The screenplay...  more
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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same...  more
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    Twins

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heather Graham

    Released1988

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Twins is a 1988 comedy film, produced and directed by Ivan Reitman about unlikely twins who...  more
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  • Mommie Dearest11
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    Mommie Dearest

    Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid

    Released1981

    Directed byFrank Perry

    Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye...  more
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  • Mother and Child12
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    Mother and Child

    Annette Benning, Naomi Watts

    Released2009

    Directed byRodrigo García

    Mother and Child is an American drama film directed and written by Rodrigo García. It...  more
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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film...  more
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  • Mighty Aphrodite14
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    Mighty Aphrodite

    Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1995

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Mighty Aphrodite is a 1995 romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The...  more
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  • Lovely and Amazing15
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    Lovely and Amazing

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer

    Released2001

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

    Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole...  more
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  • Butter16
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    Butter

    Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byJim Field Smith

    Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith, from a screenplay by Jason Micallef,...  more
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  • A Simple Twist of Fate17
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    A Simple Twist of Fate

    Steve Martin, Anne Heche

    Released1994

    Directed byGillies MacKinnon

    A Simple Twist of Fate is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. The...  more
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  • Secrets & Lies18
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    Secrets & Lies

    Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Leigh

    Secrets & Lies is a 1996 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh. Led by an...  more
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  • A Family Thing19
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    A Family Thing

    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones

    Released1996

    Directed byRichard Pearce

    A Family Thing is a 1996 film starring Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones and Irma P. Hall. It...  more
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  • Big Daddy20
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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  • Madeline21
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    Madeline

    Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne

    Released1998

    Directed byDaisy von Scherler Mayer

    Madeline is a 1998 live-action film adaptation of the book series by Ludwig Bemelmans,...  more
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    Baby for Sale

    Dana Delany, Hart Bochner

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Svatek

    Baby for Sale is a 2004 television film that was premiered on the Lifetime Network on 12 July...  more
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  • Adoption23
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    Adoption

    László Szabó, Flóra Kádár

    Released1975

    Directed byMárta Mészáros

    Adoption is a 1975 Hungarian drama film directed by Márta Mészáros. It tells the story of a...  more
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    Off and Running

    Avery Klein-Cloud

    Released2010

    Directed byNicole Opper

    Off and Running is a 2010 documentary film written by Avery Klein-Cloud and directed by Nicole...
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    December Boys

    Teresa Palmer, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2007

    Directed byRod Hardy

    December Boys is an Australian 2007 drama film directed by Rod Hardy and written by Marc...  more
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